Design of a smart alarm clock to foster sustainable urban mobility

DS 87-8 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 8: Human Behaviour in Design, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Monici, Dario; Graziosi, Serena; Ferrise, Francesco; Bordegoni, Monica
Series: ICED
Institution: Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Section: Human Behaviour in Design
Page(s): 359-368
ISBN: 978-1-904670-96-4
ISSN: 2220-4342


In this paper we describe the design of a smart alarm clock, conceived as a persuasive system to foster a sustainable urban mobility. Automatically retrieving and elaborating information available on the web, such as means of transport and weather forecast, the device is able to suggest to the user the most sustainable travelling solution, to help him/her to wake-up and reach the destination on time. Following a user-centered design approach the elaboration of the best travelling solution takes also into account, together with his/her next day appointments, user’s needs and habits such as: the time he/she needs to get ready in the morning; his/her travelling preferences. A functional prototype has been built to test the effectiveness of the device using as a context the city of Milan.

Keywords: Sustainability, Multisensory product experience, User centred design, Smart mobility, Design for sustainable behaviour


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